Now is about the time all college students start thinking about what to put into their dorms to decorate, organize, or just make it feel a little more like home. To get your creative juices flowing, here are 15 dorm DIY projects that you can do this summer for your dorm room in the fall! (And yes, they are so cool; I can pretty much guarantee the whole floor will be jealous of your creativity!)
This one is super easy to do and inexpensive too! All you need is Washi tape and any pictures you might want to frame. The best part about Washi tape is that removal is a quick and painless process- AKA it won’t take the paint down with it. A simple video tutorial can be found here!
2. Cork Board Calendar
Having a calendar in your dorm room is essential, especially with your crazy college schedule. But why hang up an old boring one when you can just make your own? All you need is cork board, a ruler, and a little imagination to make it super cute and personal to your style!
3. Quote Wall
4. Tapestry Wall
If you’re looking for an easy way to cover those drab dorm room walls, this project is for you! All you are going to need are command hooks, big clothes pins and your favorite tapestry. For the full tutorial, including a video, go here.
5. Dixie Cup Garland
All you are going to need for this cute project is scrapbook paper, Dixie cups, string lights and an X-acto knife or scissors. This is a really pretty way to decorate and light up your room! Full instructions can be found here.
6. Confetti Wall
7. Fairy Light Photo Montage
This is one that I cannot wait to try out for myself! All you need are lights, tape, or clothespins (small ones) and a lot of pictures. This is a really cute way to light up your room while lighting up some of your favorite pictures!
8. DIY Headboard
Adding a headboard to your bed will instantly make your room feel homey (and will also keep your pillow from falling in between the posts on your bed). Full instructions are here.
9. String and Pin Art
If you are going to college in a different state than you were born in, or just love where you grew up, this is the perfect project for you! All you need are little nails, a hammer, a print out of your state, a piece of wood, and of course, string!
10. Trashcan Side Table
A cool trashcan is a really inexpensive way of decorating – hear me out. Purchase a trashcan that has an attractive design or shape. You can spray paint it to match the color scheme of your room or leave it as is. Either way, all you have to do is flip the can over and you’ve got a gorgeous bedside table just like that!
11. Nail Polish Display
I don’t know about anyone else, but my nail polish collection definitely needs its own space! To keep your polishes neat and orderly, just purchase a spice rack and load it up with all your polishes. You can buy one that can stand alone on your desk/dresser, or get one to hang on the wall!
12. Necklace Display
If you have any corks laying around from your parents (or from girls’ wine night), scoop them up for this awesome DIY project. Get the full tutorial here.
13. Brick Book Ends
This is a super cute way to hold up your books without spending money on actual book ends. All you will need are two bricks, and whatever color spray paint you’d like. Add a little stencil or design for a unique touch!
15. Tin Can Desk Organizers
I can’t wait to try out these dorm DIY projects, and I hope some of them sparked your creativity too! If you have any other dorm DIY ideas that you’d like to share, comment below!
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Alison Mandara is a college student at Fredonia. She is studying to be a childhood inclusive education major and also has her concentration in English. When she has the time you can usually find her watching Netflix (One Tree Hill), doing some sort of DIY project (thank you Pinterest) or is hanging out with her friends.